Edgerton man charged with crashing truck into house

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Shelly Birkelo
Monday, November 25, 2013

TOWN OF FULTON—A 39-year-old  Edgerton man who got a ride home from a local tavern after the bar's owner decided he was too drunk to drive got into his truck and began doing burnouts on North Dallman Road, the Rock County Sheriff's Office reported.

The man lost control of his 2004 Chevy Silverado, and the truck plowed through two lawns before hitting a driveway and a tree and and crashing into a neighbor's house, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The crash was reported at 4:48 p.m. Sunday, and deputies and Edgerton emergency responders were dispatched to the 11000 block of North Dallman Road in the town of Fulton.

They found that Johnson's truck had hit the exterior of the house and that he and his passenger, Dylan R. Lambert, 21, Janesville, had fled. Johnson was found in a nearby wooded area, and Lambert was located inside Johnson's house down the road, the sheriff's office reported.

Johnson was taken to the sheriff's office, where he failed a field sobriety test but refused to submit to a legal blood draw. Deputies obtained a search warrant for his blood.

He was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, his fourth offense; operating while intoxicated causing injury; reckless driving causing injury; hit and run causing injury; hit and run property damage; and failure to notify police of a crash, according to the news release.

Johnson was booked into the Rock County Jail and issued a mandatory notice to appear in court Dec. 19 before being released to a responsible party.

Lambert was treated and released from Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville for minor leg injuries. He had not been drinking and was not cited, according to the news release.

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